Events & Programs

November 12: Installation of Medal of Honor for Major Henry A. Courtney

The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall Program invites the public to the formal installation of the country’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Major Henry A. Courtney, Jr. United States Marine Corps, by former President Harry S. Truman.  The original Medal of Honor is housed with Freedoms Foundation (Pennsylvania). Though unsuccessful in borrowing the original Medal of Honor, Society staff was successful in acquiring a replica to be displayed with honor in the VMH Gallery.

Major Courtney “…by his astute military acumen, indomitable leadership and decision action in the face of overwhelming odds, had contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa Campaign and his great personal valor throughout sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Navel Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.”

The event will be held November 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) in the Great Hall.  The Duluth Honor Guard will present the colors before the installation, and remarks will be made by Court Storey, Major Courtney’s nephew.

The event is free and open to the public.

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society.  It is the mission of Veterans Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts, and to educate the general public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.

The Next History in a Pint is on October 23, 2018!

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces its next event in the local history discussion series, “History in a Pint.” The presentation entitled “Captain Robert Pratt: Bittersweet Appomattox,” will take place at Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing, and will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday October 23rd

Jim Pratt of Duluth will tell the story of one of the least known, but most pivotal moments of the Civil War; the Breakthrough at Petersburg. Jim’s great-grandfather, Robert Pratt, along with his CO Charles Gould, were instrumental in the breaking of the Siege of Petersburg, hastening the conclusion of the war ten days later at Appomattox.

The event is free and open to the public. We advise guests to park in the parking ramp behind and connected to the Sheraton, which is across the street from Carmody’s.

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities, through museum, archival and educational programs. Its website,, features more than 6,000 veteran stories.

Veterans Memorial Hall Oral History Training Session

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, is hosting an oral history training session. Our goal is to record the oral histories of every veteran in St. Louis County, and we need volunteers to help us accomplish that goal. The free training session will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon in The Depot, 506 Michigan St., Duluth.

Participants will learn about the background of the Oral History Program and the importance of recording these interviews for preservation. Through training, volunteers will also be provided the tools and confidence to conduct one-on-one interviews with area veterans. This session is good for first-time interviewers and for those who have had training in the past and just need a refresher course. Those who have conducted interviews will be on hand to talk about their experiences, and various people will be available for questions.

After volunteers and veterans complete the interview, the interviews are transcribed and stored within the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center in the Veterans Memorial Hall. With permission, they will be available online at It is important to know how to properly interview our veterans, preserving their stories for generations to come.

For more information on the oral history program, please contact Pippi Mayfield at or 218-733-7507. To RSVP for the free training session, please call 218-733-7586.

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